Robin Thicke? Really?

You guys know I don’t normally mess around with any teh ghey R&B music. When I’m not listening to hip-hop, which is more often than not these days (if you are, you’re obviously some sort of sadist), I’ll stick with my usual indie rock bullshit, thank you very much.

But once something becomes popular enough, I can’t help but feel obligated to explore it as a sociological phenomenon. Case in point, Robin Thicke. What is it about this fruity, George Michael-looking Canadian mofo that’s made him the most popular cracka-ass cracka male R&B artist since, like, forever?

I remember like five or six years ago when he put out that song that was based on motherfucking “A Fifth of Beethoven.” Wow, what an awful idea that was. I think it managed to get played on MTV and VH1 because he’s a good-looking guy (no homo) and related to Alan Thicke and the song had a kinda snazzy video, but I don’t recall anyone really thinking this guy was genuinely worth a shit.

Fast forward to 2007, when “Lost Without You” has all of a sudden become the most popular song by a cracka-ass cracka on black radio since at least that song Jon B did with 2Pac, if not “Careless Whisper” or some shit. For all the talk about PT Cruisers such as Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, you don’t hear them nearly as often on black stations. What gives?

As much as it pained me, I ended up “picking up” a copy of his latest album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke and giving it a listen. Come to find out, it’s not half that bad. Granted it’s not that good either, but I’ve definitely heard worse albums this week. As far as these things go, it probably falls somewhere between the Amy Winehouse album, which is nails, and the Joss Stone one, which decidedly isn’t.

The thing is, this album is fucking steeped in cliche. It’s impossible to listen to it at any point and not hear shades of any number of other R&B singers, especially Marvin Gaye. I suppose that’s bound to happen in a genre of music as dead as R&B, in which the best anyone can hope to do is a pale imitation of something that was entirely commonplace 20 or 30 years ago. I’m just saying.

Obviously a great deal of the guy’s appeal is based on his looks, which will be entirely lost on the vast majority of us guys. It’s also a well-known fact (sometimes they mention it before they play his song on the radio – no lie) that he’s married to a black chick. Black women loved to be patronized, especiallly with regard to their appearance vis a vis other groups of women.

Isn’t that right, my beautiful soul sisters?

So I can’t give The Evolution of Robin Thicke the full-on recommendation. But it might be worth your while to pick up a copy in case you have a bitch in the car, in which case the most recent Dinosaur Jr., album or whatever most people are listening to these days just plain isn’t going to cut it. There’s even two songs with Lil’ Wayne on it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

  • eauhellzgnaw

    White critics don’t like R and B by black men. They can’t wait to find a pale face to annoint, but only if they think the white person is “authentic” (meaning some black person co-signs them).

    As for black people’s attraction to him? Beats the hell out of me. Black people like tons of shitty modern R and B.

  • Smitty Pt3

    1st motha fuckas

  • lowendMytheory

    I think he’s just the product of good production.

  • babyboy

    no1 gives a fck about u or this dude

  • http://angrycitizen.typepad.com angrycitizen

    this entire post should have received a nullus.

  • http://yahoo NOR CAL MUFUCKAS

    Hey LOWENDMYTHEORY he does all of his own production. So he is a product of himself. Dumb ass. Like always kids that don’t know shit making ignorant ass comments.

  • john cochran

    R&B HAS BEEN DEAD SINCE THEY STARTED MIXING IT WITH RAP TOO MUCH. PEOPLE FEEL HIS SHIT CAUSE IT IS STRICTLY SOUL. SAME THING FOR ANTHONY HAMILTON, ALTHOUGH HE GETS NO ATTENTION CAUSE HE’S EXTREMELY FUGLY. R&B SINGERS ARE RARELY INVENTIVE, EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE MJ OR MARVIN. BUT YOUR DISTASTE FOR R&B JUST SHOWS THAT YOU GET NO PUSSY. YOU NEED SOME SHIT TO RIDE TO WITH CHICKS. THEY AINT TRYIN TO HEAR NO INDIE ROCK.

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    “Case in point, Robin Thicke. What is it about this fruity, George Michael-looking Canadian mofo that’s made him the most popular cracka-ass cracka male R&B artist since, like, forever?” – BOL

    You need to get some fuckin’ help.

  • http://www.wrfg.org Colli Park

    ^^
    Not me. Colli Park, you might want to know your name and e-mail jus popped up on mah screen der.

    Big ups to WRFG though, long time supporter.

    sATaLyte

  • sATaLyte

    babyboy Says:

    May 10th, 2007 at 1:52 pm
    no1 gives a fck about u or this dude
    ^^
    Irony is not lost on this one.

  • jburg

    I got the cd bout two months ago. Contrary to what the fuck this fat ass nigga Bol says, it is really good. I listen to hip hop more than most but the way things are going these days its full of bullshit. Robin Thicke is some really sit back and vibe to shit. I like what my mans before me said^^^^^^, Bol you must not get much pussy cause you know too too much about that indie rock shit!

  • steven

    when is some1 going to inform the masses that “first” is fucking OLD, esp when youre not even 1st. people are fucking idiots with nothing more to say. is it really that much fun to type first??

  • jburg

    lowendMytheory Says:

    May 10th, 2007 at 1:41 pm
    I think he’s just the product of good production.

    He produces his own shit!!

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    why does it say my name is hip hop since 79′ and my e-mail is zaydsoffortworth@msn.com? that aint my e-mail but its probebly somebodys so im gon send bout 50 e-mails to whoever, feel free to do tha same.

  • The Spaniard

    This post accurate to 1/100000000000 of a probability unit.

  • Dr Flav

    Its my understanding that the guy writes and can actually play instruments, which is generally a great thing, no one can communicate your music better than you I imagine. I have yet to hear the black wife segueway (sp) on the radio, but whatever, my question is how does on gain such a definitive critique on an album after a short time or few listens, usually it seems it would take more analysis to come to a competent conclusion. IMO.

  • thecollinb

    i can understand why you wouldnt have this joint in rotation, if you dont have the engine and sterio on quiet you wont really get the chance to seduce (read hog tie and duct tape) your normal group of women…..the bitches fucks with the nigga so i fucks with the nigga (no homo)

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    IM A BITCH BOY

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    I JACK OFF TO ROBIN THICKE

  • thoreauly77

    wow. equating listening to indie rock with getting pussy. that is so retarded.

    anyhow bol, from the stuff i have heard, darien brockington (i believe that’s his name, of the justus league) is making some excellent music. however, he is black, so you probably won’t like him.

  • john cochran

    HIS WIFE IS THE CHICK IN THE VIDEO FOR THE SONG. SHE AINT NO FULL SISTA. SHE PROLLY MIXED WITH SOMETHING. EITHER WAY BOL COULDN’T PULL A CHICK LIKE THAT, THATS WHY HE SO SALTY.

  • Sincere (Sin)

    Great album if you like woman…True Playa 4 real!Bol what music do like? You still come off like a hater.. Although I still enjoy read your Blogs.. Give some props when its do.. color has nothing to do with good music…

  • http://www.yahoo.com E

    I think your a douche. I don’t know what problem you have with black women or white men, but there is no reason for you to get angry because you can’t get laid.

  • Sean Brown

    holla

  • weezy’s fuckin baby

    Yall are a bunch of idiots! Robin thicke is the best r and b singer out there now! And no his wife isn’t black she’s Hispanic. Get ur facts straight homies!

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    i like big dicks (yes homo)

  • Sean Cameron Brown

    do you believe in magic?

  • Bibs

    i guess what makes him popular could be cause of his ghostwriting and production. I found out this dude wrote like over half of the Black r&b music over the past 10 years. Wait, the question is, does it suck cause he’s singing it now? dunno.

  • ric

    I agree wit John Cochran, his wife is not a full on sista. But Paula Patton is fuckin HOT! Also, he might not have your respect Bol. But he does have the respect of Usher, Mya, Christina Aguilera, Andre Harrell, Pharell, Ciara, and 50 cent. If you got the respect of your peers in your genre and then some….you must be doin sumthin right.

  • Sean Brown

    why does it say my name is Sean Cameron Brown and my e-mail is sincere_raps@msn.com? that aint my e-mail but its probebly somebodys so im gon send bout 50 e-mails to whoever, feel free to do tha same.

  • Sean Brown

    June 8, 1988…

    Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8 , 1958 in New York City , New York

    you guys are 30 years apart

  • Sean Brown

    IM A BITCH BOY

    I JACK OFF TO ROBIN THICKE

  • J.A.M.E.S.

    the pimp game runs strong through alan thicke’s veins..

  • Mark

    Dr Flav says: This email name shit is getting really bad, I AINT NO MARK! “Dammit Im a Dr Jim!”

  • rashadlogic

    Bol mad because no chick wants his fugly ass.

    I’ll admit though, I don’t really like Robin Thicke’s music either, but I ain’t going to kick the nigga’s style, but seriously, he isn’t that good.

  • http://Allhiphop.com Don Of the TRAP

    Bol……….I just hate you…as a person. I mean really, who hired you and why are they not dead. Just get a job at VH1 or something you just not cut for real nigga shit(again i said the N word and fuck Al and his mama) anyway yall nerds make me sick with all this hate and you know you a pussy that never got in a fight or anything you just played on the net and with yourself all day and you got a job between the two. Just come to my hood so we can take your vans(cause real niggas wear Jordan’s) and put’em in the trash and your pic looks very…..how do you say it…oh yea GAY. Anyway have a very nice day and KILL YOURSELF PLEASE FOR HIP-HOP!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Surrealist

    In all seriousness…How the hell did this nigga get a job as a professional hater?

  • http://thetruth.com thetruth

    Fuck Robin Thicke. The White media always wanna act like the pale face is the blackbone of a black dominated genre.

  • whitecastle614

    cracka ass cracka???? damn

  • Omar

    Niggas who don’t listen to R&B don’t get pussy. Y’all “women” get turned on by snap music, I guess.

  • Black Ty

    Yeah his wife is black and she is not mixed. She is an actress: http://imdb.com/name/nm1745736/

  • Black Ty
  • Face Phoenix

    I bought RT’s Album before this super buzz began and I thought it wasn’t bad but, when the F’ does it matter what race you are when it comes to making good music. Joss Stone & Christina Aguilera are way more talented than the current crop of R&B trash in circulation. To tell the truth if their were no music videos and cover art most of these non-black artist would get the respect they deserved and I proved that fact by playing songs by both of the previously mentioned female vocalist and stunned a number of people by telling them who was singing. Just to put the reverse spin on this Lajon of Sevendust as well as Corey Glover of Living Colour both were R&B Singers before they joined their respective groups and start doing Rock music but you don’t hear too much backlash over their contributions. Lumidee and Amanda Perez do “Urban Music” aka R&B Pop Music but they don’t catch any flack for being Hispanic. Let the music speak for itself.

    PS – Bol made you should call yourself BLACK IMUS

  • Paul

    one of the songs w/ lil wayne (shooter) is his song, but lil wayne is credited as a guest rather than as his own song.

  • moameklin

    this is not my name or e-mail!!!! they need to fix this shit

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  • DirtDoggy

    You dudes say you coped it for your lady companions, lol, quit playin you bought it for yourselves.

  • http://xxlmag.com bk8732

    bol.
    been readin ur blogs on this site pretty much since it came out and like a lot and hate a lot thats how u keep us around cuz its obvious ur lame like most of us just knew the right folks. Ok, what I’m here to ask is u do ur favorites. U never really like anything at least fully so give us some ammo. Favorite cd’s,(rap and everything else grouped into one genre)soundtracks, movies, actresses, books, and whatever else u wanna disclose(no homo). Make for a good post. Austin, Texas

  • http://xxlmag.com bk8732

    why dont the comments post immediatly?

  • Smithzer

    BOL you made a few references to the guys appearance. Are you a homo? with your fat black bald head, you prolly put 2 fingers in yo ass and sing along to his shit in the closet.

  • http://nobodysmiling.com/blog The only opinion that matters in life

    i wrote a blog about this clod. he’s a damn good producer but the problem is that he can’t sing. he’s flatter than a caucasian booty. and he’s a singer.

  • South 19

    His wife is the chick from the Outkast movie Idlewild

  • http://www.broadwayallday.com BROADWAY ALL DAY

    i’m not too much into R&B anymore but I’m tired of these “professional bloggers” spitting out BULLSHIT that i can hear at any fukking barber shop anywhere. “R&B is a shadow of what it used to be” get the hell out of here Crawford, JOURNALISM IS A SHADOW OF WHAT IT USED TO BE TOO… i can’t believe you actually get a check every two weeks for the mindless nonsense you spit out here, I hope you wear a ski mask and gloves when you cash your check because YOU ARE STEALING. I guess since I took 60 seconds to respond, you’re doing your job, OOOO look at the cool Fossil fake bling watch on the site, let me cop that, good lookin out Crawford!

  • Grassisgreener

    Bol is right! Did I just write that? Fuckit. Robin Thicke is corny as shit. All of the thorough ass sistas I know recognize Robin Thicke for the gimmicky, marginally talented singer he is. Many of them have confesssed that his appeal to Black women is based on his being married to a Black woman. A lot of these self-hating women believe that they are somehow privelaged to be in the company of a white man, and are usually reluctant to approach a white man for fear of rejection. When they see a white man with a Black woman they get the idea that he is somehow more attainable and this is alluring to them, especially if he’s holdin’ some change. This shit has been going on forever. White boy can’t mack white bitches in his own community being a regular white boy, white boy grows a goatee or a skinny ass beard and rocks the latest urban style,goes slumming, picks up self-hating and/or opportunist Black women,fucks until he can score a real (read: white) woman, marries, may or may not revert to his original white boy style and lives happily ever after.

    To my lovely sistas (how’s that for patronizing,Bol?), don’t become anither lust receptacle for this type. White men have always desired to have you to tend to their more base needs and have reserved their loftier expresiions of love and affection for their white women. Ask Sally Hemmings.

  • JIM

    the deal with robin is simple. he made a song that a lot of people really liked.

  • v

    i downloaded his album and liked it .it stays on steady rotation

  • Cuban Link

    i thought he was married to a latina chick

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    doesn’t hurt that dude is down with pharrel. lost without you is smooth, though.

  • RKilla

    To add to what Nor Cal said he does produce his own music & he has even ghostwritten for MJB, Faith and a few more. Talent is Talent. I haven’t heard any good RnB or Jazz in a while and when I hear Thicke it is Like a new version of the old good stuff! 1

  • apryl

    first of all you are such a hater.. second..how are u gonna talk about how it patronizes women for them to mention his wife is black.. then you turn around and say this is nice to listen to when you have a bitch in the car.. fuck outta here! u r definately wack. whoever put you on to write columns should be fired. your writing is nothing impressive.

  • apryl

    first of all you are such a hater.. second..how are u gonna talk about how it patronizes women for them to mention his wife is black.. then you turn around and say this is nice to listen to when you have a bitch in the car.. fuck outta here! u r definately wack. whoever put you on to write columns should be fired. your writing is nothing impressive.

  • Grassisgreener

    I believe his wife is Black, and if she is Latin it doesn’t make a difference. Latins are really just mulattoes (half-breeds) who can speak Spanish. As Paul Mooney once said, “I mat not know much about the space program, but I know a nigga when I see one.”

    Oh yeah, Granville Waiters!!!!

  • Grassisgreener

    I believe his wife is Black, and if she is Latin it doesn’t make a difference. Latins are really just mulattoes (half-breeds) who can speak Spanish. As Paul Mooney once said, “I mat not know much about the space program, but I know a nigga when I see one.”

    Oh yeah, Granville Waiters!!!!

  • FLIP

    Lmao, Daps up Bol…

  • kt

    you hear r&b lately shits straight gaaaarrbage this dudes sound alot more soulful than most of these r&b cats songs have meaningful lyrics and that oldschool laid back production

  • Trish

    You all sound like a bunch of fools. All of you WISH you had his skills, the way he smoothly puts out his music. Works for me, and i’m a fine woman with curves your mouths would water for. So, stop actin like you aint jealous, like you dont go home and get in the shower and try to sing like fine ass white boy, Robin Thicke. Leaves me wonderin what else he’s got thats thick besides his last name …..

  • DAVE

    would this man have been really relevant in an age when he had to compete against marvin,al green,barry white ..the answer is no he is relevant now because there is a lack of really good r&b singers and the ones like donnell arent getting promoted proper enuff!

  • http://myspace.com/jamaicanhottgyal Gena

    Ur really starting to bug me out! When is it eva cool to say cracka ass cracka? WTF does that mean anyway? Ur obviously a hater. His album was crack. Thats why everyody was on it so tough. He’s sexy and ur not soo… attractive. What does his race have to do with his talent? Get off of his dick! Yo who hired this kid?

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